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Nathaniel Baughman


U.S. Army


BALAD, IRAQ 07/17/2006

Lance Corporal Nathanial S. Baughman was from Monticello, Indiana. He was a 2001 graduate of Twin Lakes High School, and was just weeks from coming home. He was a good kid and a good father. Nate was proud of what he was doing and proud to stand up for his country. He had no regrets doing that. He was a hardworking, quiet and bashful kid and joining the military after he graduated was always his goal.. He loved hunting, fishing a, and anything with the great outdoors, and collecting coins. He was a cool person to be around and was especially proud of his job.

He is part of a service-minded family. His mother Jill Baughman is the executive director of the which/Cass County American Red Cross. His twin brother Nicholas Skorup, served in the U.S. Navy. His family of supporters included step brothers and grandmothers. On May 28, 2005 on the new bridge at the Montecello City Park, in Montecello, Indiana, he married Erin M. Berkshire.

Corporal Baughman assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He died at age 23 of injuries sustained July 17 when his humvee encountered enemy forces rocket-propelled grenades during patril operations in Bayji, Iraq.

The Story:

Corporal Baughman was deployed with the 187th Infantry Regiment in September 2005 for a year-long deployment to Iraq. On July 17, 2006, Baughman’s Humvee was part of a convoy participating in patrol operations in the city of Bayji, Iraq. His Humvee was hit by a RPG, severely injuring him. Later that day, Baughman died from his injuries. For going beyond the call of duty and for giving his life for his fellow soldiers, on July 19, 2006, Baughman was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.


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